Where: PODspace gallery | King St Newcastle 2300
Exhibition Dates: 16 February – 5 March 2011
Opening night: Thursday 17 February 6-8pm
This year, Handwise IV was again exhibited at PODspace gallery. Another selection of artists were asked to make new work that explored the “handwise concept” while still exploring their own artistic avenues. Annemarie Murland produced two new “weave paintings” that reminded the viewer of tartan blankets, Chris Brown found freedom via a wall installation made of coloured vintage cotton while Jan Downes experimented with sewing tools to create an ephemeral-like cloth impression on porcelain. Lastly Angela Armstrong’s subtle cyanotypes revealed the hand-sewn weathered seaweed that was captured between layers of silk and Ruth Feeney’s geometric floor installation was constructed from numerous folded plastic bags.
Curator and artist talks were held for the first time at PODspace gallery where the artists: Angela Armstrong, Chris Brown, Jan Downes and Ruth Feeney (Annemarie Murland was in New York) were joined by curator Ahn Wells to discuss the genesis of Handwise and their current work in the exhibition.